Growing Minneapolis July: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

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July 2018

East African Business Forum Assists in the Startup and Growth of Businesses

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Snapshot from the City of Minneapolis' YouTube video titled, Haddaba ka qaybgal madasha ganacsatada bariga Afrika

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, City of Minneapolis staff held the East African Business Forum. The forum was directed toward East African Business entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their business. Mayor Jacob Frey and Council Member Abdi Warsame facilitated a short Q & A session at the end of the forum. City staff provided their knowledge and assistance with:

  • Business loans and business plans
  • Technical and marketing help
  • Licenses and permits
  • Business regulations, health inspections and construction codes
  • Minneapolis Minimum Wage and Sick and Safe Time ordinances
  • How to do business with the City


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Join the 2018 STEP-UP Worksite Walking Tour

photo of STEP UP Interns

You're invited to the annual STEP-UP walking tour—a time for community members, staff and elected officials to go on site to see STEP-UP interns at work. Learn more about the businesses and community partners who hire the extraordinary youth. This year STEP-UP’s walking tour will highlight Downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 17th. The agenda is set as 8:30 a.m. for networking and breakfast, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. for the walking tour to other worksites. The total walking distance round trip is .6 miles. The event is hosted by Xcel Energy at 401 Nicollet Mall.

Register >> here.

photo: (L to R) 2016 Xcel Energy STEP-UP Intern, Abdihafit with Supervisor, Tina. 2018 Minneapolis Public Housing Authority. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Breaking Ground for New Corporate Center

photo of the groundbreaking ceremony for Thrivent's new corporate center

A new office building is coming to downtown. Thrivent held a groundbreaking for its new corporate center with its members and community leaders on Wednesday, July 11 at South Sixth Street and Fifth Avenue South. The building will include office space, an accessible branch for Thrivent Federal Credit Union, a pocket park, coffee shop, chapel and art gallery open to the public. McGough will handle the construction with an estimated completion around 2020.

In addition to the groundbreaking, Thrivent announced a donation of $1 million to House of Charity, a non-profit dedicated to helping struggling individuals get access to food and shelter. The money will go toward a new affordable housing project, Park 7, a block away that CPED Housing staff is also assisting.

For the Thrivent project, CPED staff conducted planning and building reviews and helped Thrivent get a $755,000 grant from the State of Minnesota for environmental clean-up of the site. 

photo: Groundbreaking ceremony in East Town for Thrivent's new corporate center. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

800 West Broadway Celebrates it's One-Year Anniversary

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800 West Broadway provides a network of support that is personalized to the needs of each guest. The center offers access to health care, community education classes, and job skill trainings. On Tuesday, June 26, community members came together to celebrate 800 West Broadway’s one-year anniversary. The celebration included food, health checks, resources to discovering careers, and information about the wide array of services offered. 

During the event, participants toured NorthPoint Health & Wellness, Minneapolis Public Schools and the Minneapolis North WorkForce Center. Featured speakers included: Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, Mayor Jacob Frey, Commissioner Linda Higgins, Representative Fue Lee, MPS Superintendent Ed Graff, and NorthPoint CEO Stella Whitney-West

Mural in City Hall Portrays Storytellers' Immigration Experiences

photo of the Path of the Heart Mural located in City Hall
The mural, El Camino Del Corazón, means The Path of the Heart and hangs in City Hall outside the Mayor's Office. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

The mural, El Camino Del Corazón (translated as The Path of the Heart), was created in partnership with GoodSpace Murals and Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES) to communicate the experiences of Latino immigrants and refugees in Minneapolis.

GoodSpace Murals hosted seven listening sessions at CLUES. The first three sessions allowed ten community storytellers to share their immigration experiences in a safe space. Their stories are depicted in the mural. While the universal language of art leaves endless interpretations, a pamphlet located next to the mural provides detailed information on the significance of the imagery. City staff was invited to participate in the last four sessions by interacting with community members and helping paint the beginning stages of the mural. The process allowed the City to learn better ways to serve immigrant and refugee communities, while also allowing community members to consult with the City on new ways to engage these communities.

The Resilience in Communities After Stress & Trauma (ReCAST) Minneapolis Program is the catalyst to creating more equitable policies and reflecting a trauma-informed lens for the City of Minneapolis. ReCAST is funded through a multi-year grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The mural is located in City Hall and can be viewed on the ReCAST Facebook page

Check Out the West 29th Street Public Art

photo of the Flour Sack Rack on W 29th St
Flour Sack Rack, by Gail Katz James (Photos by Sue Hartley and Alya Pender)

Five new public artworks were dedicated on June 10th in conjunction with Lyndale Open Streets. The works are part of the West 29th Shared Use Street Project, which created the city’s first “shared street” where vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists all share the same public roadway. 

photo of an art piece called Roaming Rails on W 29th S

Four of the five artworks created for this project draw inspiration in varying degrees from the former railroad corridor of the adjacent Midtown Greenway. The fifth artwork, an interactive pavement piece, encourages people of all ages to play. The works were created by artists Kyle Fokken, Gail Katz-James, Niko Kubota and Sara K. Udvig. 

photo: Roaming Rails, by Niko Kubota 

photo of the Top Dog located on W 29th Street

The project is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places Program, which has been part of the City’s Capital Improvement Program for over 30 years and integrates public art into City building projects.  

photo: Top Dog, by Kyle Fokken


Stevens Square Red Hot Art Festival 

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Saturday, July 21, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Ave
Minneapolis 55403

Red Hot Art Festival will connect thousands of attendees with over 100 local artists, 20 local bands and performers, local food trucks, community organizations, interactive games, and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.

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Open Streets Lake + Minnehaha

Sunday, July 22, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
E Lake St and Minnehaha Ave

Use active transportation and engage in a healthy lifestyle. The Route includes: E Lake St from Elliot Ave to Minnehaha Ave; Minnehaha Ave from Lake St to E Minnehaha Parkway/ Godfrey Parkway. Join the fun!

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FLOW Northside Arts Crawl 

Thursday, July 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Plymouth Ave Block Party

Since 2006, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl has become both a community celebration and premier art event in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor. From b-boys to ballet, graffiti to graphite, rap to rhapsody, fine artist to artisan, practicing to professional, FLOW showcases the great art being made every day on the Northside.

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Open Streets Northeast

Sunday, August 5, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE, Monroe St NE, and E Hennepin Ave

Use active transportation and engage in a healthy lifestyle. The Route includes: Central Ave NE, 22nd Ave NE, Monroe St NE, and E Hennepin Ave. Open Streets is great for all ages, it's a perfect family weekend outing and it's an exciting, fun, and rewarding way to be engaged with your community and your city.

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New/Expanding Businesses


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In the News

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East Isles Farmers Market launches June 28 
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Stevens Square sees development surge after long wait 
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Suburban World Theater returns to the spotlight with fresh idea 
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Soon-to-open grilled cheese shop aims to aid those with criminal records 
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Onyx Culinary Collective Hosts Pop Up Events Throughout Summer 
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